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Geologist Daniel Muhs was the guest speaker for the January “From Shore to Sea” lecture. Muhs shared evidence from the Channel Islands about the last period of global warming that occurred about 125,000 years ago. This remarkable warm period has received much attention lately due to the information it may yield about future warming.
Meteorologist David Sweet, with the NOAA National Weather Service in Oxnard, California, was the February speaker for the “From Shore to Sea” lecture series. His presentation highlighted how different weather patterns, like El Niño, affect ocean conditions of the Channel Islands and surrounding waters.
David Sweet, Meteorologist, NOAA National Weather Service
Biologist Christine Hamilton, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) in Ventura, was the March speaker for the “From Shore to Sea” lecture series. Her presentation highlighted the natural history of the Xantus’s murrelet and its recovery at the Channel Islands. This species is a rare seabird with a world population of less than 39,000 birds and a very limited breeding distribution, nesting only on the Channel Islands and on islands off the west coast of Baja California, Mexico.
In the April “From Shore to Sea” lecture, United States Navy Archeologist Steven Schwartz portrayed the story of a young Native American woman whose 18 years alone on San Nicolas Island inspired author Scott O’Dell to write the Newberry Award-winning classic Island of the Blue Dolphins.
The May “From Shore to Sea” lecture focused on the return of bald eagles to the Channel Islands with an exciting talk by eagle expert and wildlife biologist Dr. Peter Sharpe of the Institute for Wildlife Studies (IWS). Sharpe explained the history of bald eagles on the Channel Islands, the cause of their disappearance, and the efforts to restore them to their historic range on the Channel Islands.
Marine biologist Christy Pattengill-Semmens, with the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), was the July speaker for the “From Shore to Sea Lecture” series. Her presentation highlighted the value of citizen monitoring in understanding fish and invertebrate populations around the Channel Islands.
Christy Pattengill-Semmens, Reef Environmental Education Foundation
Biologist Satie Airamé, with the University of California, Santa Barbara, presented a brief history of marine protected areas in California at the August “From Shore to Sea” lecture. Airamé described the monitoring efforts underway to understand ecological changes following the establishment of the Channel Islands MPA network in 2003.
Satie Airamé, University of California, Santa Barbara
Marla Daily, president of the Santa Cruz Island Foundation, was the September speaker for the “From Shore to Sea” lecture series. Her presentation highlighted the Stanton family’s tenure on Santa Cruz Island, the largest of the eight Channel Islands.
Marla Daily, president of the Santa Cruz Island Foundation
Christopher LaFranchi, a social scientist with Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, will be the speaker for the October “From Shore to Sea” lecture. LaFranchi discussed socioeconomic monitoring of marine reserves and shared the preliminary results of a recent study of boating activities in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and Channel Islands National Park.
Christopher LaFranchi, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
Chris Mobley, superintendentof Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, and Russell Galipeau, superintendent of Channel Islands National Park, discussed the latest efforts of the park and sanctuary to ensure the long-term protection of the resources of the Channel Islands and the surrounding waters in the November, “From Shore to Sea” lecture.
Chris Mobley, superintendentof Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, and Russell Galipeau, superintendent of Channel Islands National Park
During the December “From Shore to Sea” lecture National Park Service Wildlife Biologist, Tim Coonan, discussed the latest efforts to save the endangered island fox following a severe, over 90% decline in the population caused by golden eagle predation.
Painted Cave on Santa Cruz Island is one of the world’s largest known sea caves. The cave measures 1215 feet in length (the size of more than four football fields), has a 160 foot entrance, and is almost 100 feet wide.